WLUTV-14

Where Are They Now?

West Liberty University is proud of its graduates, and WLU-TV is extremely proud of the many students who have completed our program and gone on to do great things in the broadcasting and design fields. Below is a list of some of our graduates who are doing great things in their respective fields and are visions of how successful graduates of our program can become!

 

Photo of Van Applegate Van Applegate

A graduate of West Liberty University, Van Applegate has been in the industry since 2006. He has worked as a photojournalist for various stations in the Mid-Atlantic region including WTRF, WHAG, WTKR, and presently at WJLA in Washington, DC. Applegate is a successful television photojournalist who gained a deluge of followers from covering hurricanes — like Sandy, Irene and Earl. Applegate covered the storms every summer since 2009, when he worked in Norfolk, Va., at WTKR-TV for three years prior WJLA. During Irene, he worked in the hard-hit Outer Banks, N.C. region. Applegate thought he was out of the path…

Photo of Tate Blanchard Tate Blanchard

Tate is a life-long Ohio Valley native 
and 2007 graduate from Bridgeport High School and a 2014 West Liberty University graduate. During his time at WLU Tate was a member of the student television crew where he worked in a variety of positions. His favorite part of working on the WLUTV 14 crew was all of the  fun he had with all the members of the crew he worked with and all of the invaluable lessons he learned about the television field. Tate believes WLUTV 14 offers their students state-of-the-art, hands on experience that helps students to feel confident to enter the…

Photo of Ty Crawford Ty Crawford

Ty Crawford is a multimedia producer, photographer, and designer operating out of Morgantown WV. As student he played various roles on the WLTV broadcasting crew including Camera Operator and Motion/Graphic Designer. During that same time, he also ran his own multimedia production company, Crawford Multimedia Solutions, gaining clients on a local and national level. He graduated from West Liberty in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Design. Since graduating, he has been working full-time as a Multimedia Producer on teams of Vice Presidents, Directors, Instructional Designers, Multimedia Designers, and Faculty within Higher Education at an international…

Photo of Rachael Dierkes Rachael Dierkes

Rachael Dierkes is a 2010 graduate.  Rachael graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Broadcasting emphasis.  While West Liberty University isn’t where Rachael started college, she is glad it where she ended up. While attending West Liberty, Rachael anchored and produced “Newsline 14″ for two semesters. She also participated in an “on-campus internship” where she did the weather for the student run newscast as well. Rachael’s path after graduation didn’t lead her straight to a job in her degree but it never broke her persistance of full-filling her lifetime goal of working on television. Rachael was…

Photo of Brittni Lindren Brittni Lindren

Brittni Lindgren is a 2012 graduate earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Broadcasting emphasis. During her three years at West Liberty University Brittni enjoyed time both in front of the camera and behind the camera for WLU-TV. Brittni co-created and produced the stations first student run sports show, Jock Talk. She was also the sideline reporter for Hilltopper Football and basketball. While reporting for West Liberty’s Sport Network, Brittni was given the opportunity to anchor in a sports package featuring the Hilltoppers for CBS Sport network.  Brittni also interned and worked part-time at a local production company, Walkabout…

Photo of Philip Stahl Philip Stahl

Philip Stahl is a 2010 Dean’s List graduate of West Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Broadcasting Concentration.  In college, Philip took the initiative to co-create, produce and host the very first student-produced show at WLTV-14.  The show “Inside West Liberty” ran for 65 episodes before Philip graduated.  He also produced, anchored, and hunted down stories for the station’s bi-weekly newscast, “Newsline14,” for two years. While on the WLTV student crew, Philip had the honor of serving as the student crew manager for his senior year. Philip Stahl joined WTOV-TV9 in the Steubenville, Ohio…

Photo of Lauren Weppler-Geissler Lauren Weppler-Geissler

Lauren Weppler is an Executive Producer at WMBF News in Myrtle Beach. She began her career in front of the camera as a reporter/anchor, but recently decided to step behind the scenes of the news operations. This new role into management is allowing her to use her on camera experience since 2008 as an advantage in growing the station into the number one slot in the market. Weppler spent two years as the anchor of Weekend Today on WMBF News. Before becoming a Myrtle Beach transplant, she found a home in Southern West Virginia at WVNS-TV in Beckley. There she…

Photo of Amber Williams Amber Williams

Amber Williams graduated from West Liberty in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Broadcasting concentration.  Amber had planned all along to end up at West Liberty because of the good things she had heard about the Communications program and wanted to finish her college career there. After visiting campus to sign up for classes and being introduced to Theresa, Jared and Philip, she knew that that is where she belonged, behind the scenes, working for the student crew and station.  For two and a half years, Amber was the graphics operator for all…

Photo of Danielle Zacherl Danielle Zacherl

Danielle Zacherl graduated from West Liberty University in August of 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Communications with a Broadcasting concentration.  Danielle began her love for the business in the John Marshall High School broadcasting program.  She joined the WLU-TV crew in 2010 as a freshman at West Liberty University. During her first semester, Danielle took over the position as producer and host of Inside West Liberty.  She was in charge of the show during her entire college career.  Danielle also had the opportunity to travel to China with a West Liberty Education trip.  She shot, wrote, and edited a…

 

If you are a graduate who had the chance to work with WLU-TV and would like to be featured on this page, please contact Jared Thompson at [email protected] or call 304.336.5523.